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Bob joined John Butler, Missy Higgins and 20,000 locals at a rally and concert in Fremantle to protest against Woodside's giant gas factory planned for the Kimberley. Photo: Jean-Paul Horre

We are taking action - join us.

Our foundation is tackling critical ecological battles. These include confronting the threat of Woodside’s gas factory to the Kimberley Coast, the threat of the miners to Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness, and the threat of Japanese harpooners to Antarctica’s whales.

Thwarting the march to extinction is involved in every case.

We get behind already brilliantly targeted campaigns and campaigners.  This strategy is already a success. We hired Geoff Law to make sure February’s deadline for the nomination of 124,000 hectares of Tasmania’s forests for World Heritage protection was met.  It was met.

A special outcome of Geoff’s work was the inclusion of more than 1,000 hectares of resurgent rainforest in the Nelson Falls catchment west of the Franklin river. Your donations led directly to that outcome.

Your generosity has also directly helped my role as mission leader for Sea Shepherd Australia’s defence of the Antarctic whales from the slaughter of Japan’s highly-subsidized fleet of killers.

I am writing this letter to you in Fremantle after 20,000 West Australians, led by John Butler, Missy Higgins and the Wilderness Society, rallied against Woodside’s plans for the world’s biggest gas factory on the Kimberley Coast. Next, to Broome where a cyclone is brewing! My mission there is to help the Kimberley Greens’ Chris Maher who is standing against the line-up of pro-factory candidates in the March WA state elections.

I will go back to Broome if Woodside’s drills move in on Indigenous burial sites in the weeks ahead.

You have already helped. I hope you will now help again. We have an excellent voluntary board and one hard-working staffer, Steven Chaffer. I put in fees from conference appearances which have so far amounted to $25,000.  Paul Thomas gives priceless support. But, in reality, our Foundation will live or die on public generosity. So please donate as best you can. Or send this letter to anyone else you think may like to make a donation.

Thank you all so much.

For the Earth,

Bob Brown

Letter to the Editor of the Australian

9th September 2012

Dear Editor,

Matthew Denholm (Weekend Australian) declares that Christine Milne ‘runs the risk of becoming a makeshift bridge between St Bob and his disciples’. As if to add much-needed authority to this tenuous opinion, he then misquotes me as calling Christine’s leadership ‘the middle epoch’. In fact I called it ‘the Milne Epoch’.

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Letter to the Editor of the Age

1st November 2012

Dear Editor,

The Wilderness Society’s Lyndon Schneiders’ (Opinion 31 October) claim that I have publicly criticized his actions in the failed Tasmanian forest negotiations is not true.

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Letter to Hypatia of Alexandria

A letter written and read by Bob for the Men of Letters event, held in Melbourne on 28th October 2012

Dear Hypatia,

I first got to know you in 1977, on page 365 of Bertrand Russell’s 789 page tome, ‘A History of Western Civilization’. You rated one paragraph.

There are very few women in that three thousand years of history, drawn from the annals of men. But there you were, the world’s greatest mind on mathematics, astronomy and philosophy in 400 AD.

The last sentence of Russell’s paragraph is etched in my brain. After you were killed by Christian terrorists, he observed drily that, ‘Alexandria was no longer troubled by philosophers’.

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